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Susan Hazeldean

Professor of Law

J.D., Yale Law School
B.A., University of North Carolina

Areas of Expertise
Civil Rights
Family Law
Immigration Law
Sexuality and the Law


Professor Susan Hazeldean is the founder and director of the Brooklyn Law School LGBT Advocacy Clinic. Students in the clinic will represent LGBT individuals in immigration and prisoners’ rights cases as well as undertake advocacy projects to advance LGBT equality. 

Professor Hazeldean’s teaching, scholarship, and law practice focus on gender, sexual orientation, immigration, and civil rights. Her article, “Confounding Identities: The Paradox of LGBT Youth Under Asylum Law,” was published in the U.C. Davis Law Review. Her writing has also appeared in Benders Immigration Review and the ABA Human Rights Magazine

Before joining the faculty, Professor Hazeldean taught at Cornell Law School, where she directed the LGBT clinic. Previously, she taught at Yale Law School, where she served as a Robert M. Cover Fellow in the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic. At Yale, she supervised students who represented immigrants and low-wage workers in civil rights actions and engaged in policy work and community-based advocacy. Prior to her academic career, Professor Hazeldean directed the Peter Cicchino Youth Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York City, providing free legal representation to homeless and at-risk LGBT youth in matters related to immigration, foster care, public benefits, and family law.